Princeton Pines

Tara's Princeton Pines

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Offensive lineman Princeton Pines is settling in for his senior season in a new school — Tara High.

The 6-foot-5, 327-pound Pines started classes at Tara this week and is practicing for the upcoming season with the Class 4A Trojans. He played three varsity seasons at University High.

“Obviously, we were surprised when he came here, but we’re thrilled to have him,” Tara coach Terry Washington said. “He is a tremendous football player, but I can also tell you he’s a great kid. He’s a hard worker and a joy to be around.”

Pines posted a move to Ponchatoula in social media in late July, sparking speculation he would play for Class 5A Ponchatoula High after earning All-Metro honors as a junior at University High. Pines registered for classes in Ponchatoula, but PHS coach Hank Tierney told the family securing LHSAA eligibility might not be a sure bet.

Upon returning to Baton Rouge, Pines opted to enroll at the EBR school in his home attendance zone, Tara.

“I’m just glad everything is settled, and I have a place to play,” Pines said. “Everybody here is down to earth and works hard. We do a lot of running. The offense is a spread a lot like we ran at U-High, so it hasn’t been too hard to pick up.”

Pines is listed as Louisiana’s No. 40 player in the class of 2018 by 247 Sports. He has scholarship offers from 17 schools, including Mississippi State, Arkansas and TCU.

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